During the hastily called commercial break, Cavett tried to coax Maddox back to no avail. The show remained on the PBS lineup until affiliates voted it off the schedule in The basis for the controversy was the continuing debate over the SST supersonic transport system. Critic John Simon revealed on the air to the home audience that during the most recent commercial break, fellow guest Mort Sahl had threatened to punch him in the mouth.
On the following two mornings, the show began at its regular time of Angela Davis , an activist who was associated with the Black Panther Party in the s and s, cancelled a scheduled appearance on June 27, This was also possibly the first time Clapton ever appeared on US TV with a Fender Stratocaster since up to that time, he was famous for only playing Gibson solid bodies i. The morning show was produced by Woody Fraser. A long laugh by the audience ensued, after which Mailer asked Cavett if he had "come up with that line himself".
At one point during the interview, Cavett asked Coward, "What is the word for when one has terrific, prolific qualities? In Greenwood, Mississippi , the hometown of Cavett's wife Carrie Nye , the guests at a country club dance abandoned the dance floor to watch the show on the TV in the lounge. The walk-off incident is mentioned at the beginning of the Randy Newman song " Rednecks. An angry Cavett described the ongoing situation at the beginning of the second part, reusing the phrase.